On Sale at Sage Gateshead

Highlights include:

  • Multi-talented musical gem, Emma-Jean Thackray with rising talents of the UK jazz scene, Noya Rao
  • Richard Dawson, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle
  • Modern day rock stars, London duo Tizzy X Brandz
  • The phenomenal, award-winning dance experience, Tango Fire

Tizzy X Brandz

Saturday 14 September, 6pm

After selling out their show in Newcastle last year, London duo Tizzy X Brandz are back to do the same again, only this time bigger and better!

They will be performing new songs and hit tracks like All WaysEscobar, and Different Vibe, plus many more.

This is undoubtedly a show you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

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Emma-Jean Thackray and Noya Rao (Double Bill)

Wednesday 27 November, 8pm

Emma-Jean Thackray

Rising mega-talent, Emma-Jean Thackray, wears many musical hats.

As a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, bandleader and DJ, she is just as at home working with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is hosting her show on Worldwide FM or tearing it up on trumpet with her quartet.

Recent solo release Ley Lines on The Vinyl Factory follows Emma-Jean’s acclaimed Walrus EP and maintains her trajectory as one of the most talented young musicians in the business.

Noya Rao

Since the release of their debut album, Icaros, Leeds based electronic-soul quartet Noya Rao have been noted as one of the rising talents of the UK jazz scene.

The band garnered early support from Gilles Peterson who premiered their single Golden Claw. The group have also enjoyed radio play from Mary Anne Hobbs and Jamie Cullum, and have appeared on Worldwide FM.

Noya Rao comprises of vocalist Olivia Bhattacharjee, drummer Matt Davies, bassist Jim Wiltshire and keys player and producer Tom Henry. The band draws upon influences old and new, combining a vintage aesthetic with contemporary song writing. The result is a fresh and unique sound.

Ahead of their second release, Noya Rao continue to take their finely-tuned live show nationally and internationally having this year played at The Great Escape, Jazz Refreshed Brighton, the Roundhouse and Unit (Tokyo).

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Richard Dawson

Friday 13 December, 8pm

Richard Dawson, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle, returns to release his sixth solo album, 2020, his first since the critically acclaimed, Peasant.

2020, released on 11th October 2019, is an utterly contemporary state-of-the-nation study, that uncovers a tumultuous and bleak time. Here is an island country in a state of flux; a society on the edge of mental meltdown.

Dawson introduces us to grand themes through small lives. His are portraits of human beings struggling with recognisable and relatable concerns, conflicts and desires, each reminding us that tragedy and gallows humour are not mutually exclusive, and that the magical can sit next to the mundane.

Lyrically, it is by far Dawson’s hardest-hitting and unflinchingly honest album to date. Within, we find disgruntled civil servants dreaming of better days, anxiety-addled joggers listlessly searching Zoopla for houses they cannot afford in their spare time, amateur footballers who think they’re Lionel Messi and beleaguered pub landlords battling rising floodwaters.

Here is life, in all its strange and wonderful ways.

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Tango Fire
Thursday 27 February 2020, 7.30pm

The phenomenal, award-winning Tango Fire returns to the UK direct from a West End run, due to incredible popular demand.

Starring internationally renowned Argentinean tango superstars German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, who are joined by a cast of extraordinary tango dancers, including World Tango champions, this is a fiery and explosive journey through the history of authentic Argentine Tango.

Six incredible couples show off some of the speediest footwork and tightest twirling in the business while demonstrating their individual styles, accompanied by the astonishing Tango Fuego Quartet, playing live music on stage from tango’s most famous composers, including Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel, this is a sizzling, sensual show guaranteed to make pulses race.

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